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minority

[ mahy-nawr-i-tee, -nor, mi- ]
/ maɪˈnɔr ɪ ti, -ˈnɒr, mɪ- /
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noun, plural mi·nor·i·ties.

adjective

of or relating to a minority.

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Origin of minority

First recorded in 1450–1500; late Middle English, from Middle French minorité, from Medieval Latin minōritāt-, stem of minōritās; see minor, -ity

OTHER WORDS FROM minority

non·mi·nor·i·ty, adjectivepro·mi·nor·i·ty, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for minority

minority
/ (maɪˈnɒrɪtɪ, mɪ-) /

noun plural -ties

the smaller in number of two parts, factions, or groups
a group that is different racially, politically, etc, from a larger group of which it is a part
  1. the state of being a minor
  2. the period during which a person is below legal ageCompare majority
(modifier) relating to or being a minoritya minority interest; a minority opinion

Word Origin for minority

C16: from Medieval Latin minōritās, from Latin minor
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